CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Girl Scouts only have the experience to turn young girls into empowered women. That’s the latest from our local Girl Scout council following a change in policy admitting girls into the Boy Scouts. And the CEO of the local council says their organization goes way beyond selling Thin Mints door to door.
“They'd like a place where it's a one stop shop for their kids. They go to one location and both boys and girls can get the program, and I think the national Boy Scouts is trying to address the needs of families today,” local Boy Scouts official, Buckskin Council Executive Director Jeffrey Purdy, said Wednesday night.
One stop shop scouting: that’s the policy announced late Wednesday by the 107-year-old Boy Scouts of America, allowing girls into the program but keeping them separate. Almost immediately, the Girl Scouts went on the offensive, accusing their rival of stealing girls away to pad their own falling enrollment.
"Girls did rock climbing, paddle boarding, rappelling, all of those high adventure and so we're all about having a great outdoor experience for girls,” explained Beth Casey, CEO of the Black Diamond Council of Girl Scouts.
Casey said the difference in image between Boy and Girl Scouting isn’t true. It’s not just boys outdoors, and girls learning to be homemakers, selling Thin Mints or Tagalongs.
“With Girl Scouts what they see the most is the cookies,” Casey described. “But what you need to understand is that when a girl is selling you a box of cookies she's learning to look you in the eye."
In a statement released late Wednesday, the Black Diamond Council says Girl Scouts “creates a necessary safe space for girls to learn,” adding only Girl Scouts has the experience helping girls reach their leadership potential. And they point to what they say is an organization for girls, by girls.
“We believe that we are best served to provide that program for girls,” CEO Beth Casey stated.
The Black Diamond Girl Scout Council told WSAZ they do not permit boys to join.